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Reconfigurable processor enables on-the-fly adjustment of space apps

25 Jul 2012

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Atmel Corp. has unleashed a member of the Atmel SPARC V8 processor family and what the company claims as the industry's first radiation-hardened (RAD Hard) high-performance aerospace microprocessor that can be reconfigured on-the-fly. The ATF697FF is a reconfigurable processor that integrates the company's RAD Hard AT697F processor and reconfigurable ATF280F (FPGA) unit in a single multichip module (MCM). The company added that the MCM solution allows engineers to cut overall system cost and PCB space.

The ATF697FF adds the flexibility of a reprogrammable FPGA to the reliability of a powerful core processor running application software. It is geared for systems that require reconfiguration of peripherals and interfaces, making it easy to comply and stay up-to-date with evolving standards that are used on many space missions such as SpaceWire, CAN or IEEE1553. The flexibility of the ATF697FF processor is also beneficial for late design modifications performed on Earth, for in-flight adjustments on satellites and for space trial operations.

The ATF697FF claims to deliver best-in-class performance, running at up to 100MHz as well as low power, down to 0.7W. Jointly developed with STAR-Dundee of the United Kingdom, a software development kit is also available for the SPARC V8 Platform to provide compiling, debugging and monitoring tools. IDS and Mentor tools are available for FPGA designs and Atmel will offer pre-placed IPs to ease customized interfaces developments.

Atmel is currently engaging with alpha customers on the ATF697FF. The product will be available for prototyping this month and for flight model implementation at the end of the year.




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